- Associated Press - Thursday, January 6, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A paramedic sent to Michael Jackson’s mansion says he saw the doctor charged in the singer’s death scoop up three bottles of lidocaine from the floor and place the vials in a bag during efforts to revive the pop star.

Paramedic Martin Blount testified Thursday he was surprised to see the bottles because Dr. Conrad Murray had told paramedics he hadn’t given Jackson any drugs.

He says Murray also produced a hypodermic needle at one point and wanted to use it on the singer. Blount says he and fellow paramedics refused.

He described Murray as frantic and sweating profusely.

The medic is the seventh witness called at a multi-day preliminary hearing after which a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

The Houston-based cardiologist has pleaded not guilty.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The career paramedic dashed into Michael Jackson’s bedroom, looked around and listened to a doctor’s explanation for why the singer was ostensibly lifeless and came to the conclusion that things didn’t add up.

Richard Senneff said the gaunt patient, an IV stand and bag next to the bed and the presence of Dr. Conrad Murray pointed more to a hospice patient, not an international pop superstar about to embark a series of London concerts.

Although the doctor said he was treating Jackson for dehydration and exhaustion and he had just passed out, Senneff recalled how the singer’s legs were cold and limp, his open eyes dried out, and his hands and feet turning blue. The doctor never mentioned that he had given Jackson propofol, a powerful anesthetic that authorities say killed the musician, Senneff said.

The medic’s testimony during the second day of Murray’s preliminary hearing was the latest in a series of witnesses to describe Jackson as lifeless by the time help was summoned.

Senneff will return to the stand on Thursday for defense questioning, which so far hasn’t elicited any major contradictions in the prosecution’s case.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren described Murray’s actions as “an extreme deviation from the standard of care” _ ranging from his use of propofol in Jackson’s bedroom, not telling medical personnel about it and improperly administering CPR.

Murray, facing four years if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, has pleaded not guilty. His attorneys say the Houston-based cardiologist did not give Jackson anything that “should have” killed him.

Senneff’s testimony came after one of Jackson’s former bodyguards, Alberto Alvarez, testified that Murray told him to place medicine vials and an IV bag in other bags before calling 911.

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